Period
to 29 November 2020

The median annual salary for an Ethical Hacker was £90,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 November 2020.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Ethical Hacker
UK
6 months to
29 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 711 1058 1157
Rank change year-on-year +347 +99 +60
Permanent jobs requiring an Ethical Hacker 5 12 6
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.009% 0.009% 0.004%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.010% 0.009% 0.004%
Number of salaries quoted 9 3 3
Median annual salary £90,000 £39,000 £40,210
Median salary % change year-on-year +130.77% -3.01% -42.56%
10th Percentile £80,000 £36,500 £34,261
90th Percentile £95,000 £41,500 £41,600
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £39,000 £40,210
% change year-on-year +53.85% -3.01% -42.56%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 52,094 129,325 155,020
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.10% 95.62% 95.88%
Number of salaries quoted 43,390 103,511 124,798
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.09%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,375 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Ethical Hacker
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Ethical Hacker in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Ethical Hacker in the UK

Ethical Hacker
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Ethical Hacker.

Salary trend for Ethical Hacker in the UK

Ethical Hacker
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Ethical Hacker over the 6 months to 29 November 2020.

Salary histogram for Ethical Hacker in the UK

Ethical Hacker
Top 5 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Ethical Hacker within the UK over the 6 months to 29 November 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +350 5 £90,000 -
London +249 4 £90,000 -
Work from Home - 4 £90,000 -
UK excluding London +266 1 £60,000 +53.85%
Midlands - 1 £60,000 -

Ethical Hacker Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 November 2020, Ethical Hacker job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Ethical Hacker in the job title.

1 5 (100.00%) Ethical Hacking
1 5 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
1 5 (100.00%) Security Testing
1 5 (100.00%) Cybersecurity
2 4 (80.00%) Docker
2 4 (80.00%) Public Cloud
2 4 (80.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 4 (80.00%) Fintech
2 4 (80.00%) Terraform
2 4 (80.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
2 4 (80.00%) SANS
2 4 (80.00%) Security Operations
2 4 (80.00%) GXPN
2 4 (80.00%) EC-Council LPT
2 4 (80.00%) CEPT
2 4 (80.00%) Security Monitoring
2 4 (80.00%) Threat Intelligence
2 4 (80.00%) DevSecOps
2 4 (80.00%) OWASP
2 4 (80.00%) Mac OS
2 4 (80.00%) AWS
2 4 (80.00%) Firewall
2 4 (80.00%) IPsec
2 4 (80.00%) Risk Assessment
2 4 (80.00%) Information Security
2 4 (80.00%) Unix
2 4 (80.00%) Linux
2 4 (80.00%) SIEM
2 4 (80.00%) Process Improvement
2 4 (80.00%) OSCE

Ethical Hacker Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Cloud Services
1 4 (80.00%) AWS
1 4 (80.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (80.00%) Firewall
1 4 (80.00%) IPsec
1 4 (80.00%) VPN
Miscellaneous
1 4 (80.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
1 4 (80.00%) PKI
1 4 (80.00%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 4 (80.00%) Linux
1 4 (80.00%) Mac OS
1 4 (80.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (100.00%) Cybersecurity
1 5 (100.00%) Ethical Hacking
1 5 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
1 5 (100.00%) Security Testing
2 4 (80.00%) Analytics
2 4 (80.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
2 4 (80.00%) DevSecOps
2 4 (80.00%) Fintech
2 4 (80.00%) Information Security
2 4 (80.00%) OWASP
2 4 (80.00%) Process Improvement
2 4 (80.00%) Risk Assessment
2 4 (80.00%) Security Monitoring
2 4 (80.00%) Security Operations
2 4 (80.00%) SIEM
2 4 (80.00%) Threat Intelligence
2 4 (80.00%) Vulnerability Management
3 1 (20.00%) Red Team
3 1 (20.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) Bash Shell
1 1 (20.00%) Java
1 1 (20.00%) Perl
1 1 (20.00%) Python
1 1 (20.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (80.00%) CEPT
1 4 (80.00%) EC-Council LPT
1 4 (80.00%) GXPN
1 4 (80.00%) OSCE
1 4 (80.00%) OSWP
1 4 (80.00%) SANS
System Software
1 4 (80.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (80.00%) Terraform